Shabbat San Diego, North County Challah Bake!








The men and women of our congregation are invited to participate in the first ever North County Challah Bake on October 26th! This year the Challah Bake has moved even closer to our temple and will take place at Chabad of Oceanside, 1930 Sunset Dr., Vista at 5:30pm. The cost is $5 and all supplies will be provided. We are looking for trainers who can keep pace with the challah baking instructions. If you are interested in sharing your challah skills with your fellow bakers, please indicate that when you register. Temple Etz Rimon is looking forward to filling the tables!

Please register ASAP at Shabbat San Diego.  All participants must be vetted prior to the event for security purposes.

Once registered, contact our Programming Chair, Jerri Cota, at to let her know you’re attending so we can sit our temple members together!


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Join Us For Dinner As We Celebrate Shabbat San Diego!



Don’t Miss Our Shabbat San Diego Dinner!

October 27, 2017

5:30 pm

Join our temple members, guests and their families as we come together with Jews in more than 900 cities in 95 countries across the globe, all celebrating International Unity Shabbat. As part of the largest community unity event in the history of the San Diego’s Jewish community, Shabbat San Diego will be taking place on October 26-28th, and we’re participating!

Come and join us once again for our Annual Shabbat San Diego Dinner complete with blessings, challahs, candles and singing as part of this special Annual Shabbat service & dinner.
All are welcome to join this special Shabbat celebration! Complete and send your Shabbat San Diego Dinner Reservation Form to the temple by October 24th, or call the office at 760.929.9503 for more information.


Simchat Torah…A Time to Dance!



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Members and guests joined together for Shabbat and a joyous Simchat Torah celebration.  The Torah scrolls were taken from the ark, and danced around the synagogue with great music and flags waving! The entire Torah was opened, wrapping around the sanctuary and carefully held by all. Rabbi Sherman read from the Torah celebration the completion of the annual reading.

Our Oneg Shabbat celebration with prayer, challah and wine was followed by a Pot-Luck with a variety of healthy and delicious home-made desserts.

See more of our celebration in the Gallery! Join us next year for our celebration!





























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Sisterhood Shared Lunch in the Sukkah


With an invitation by the Sisterhood in hand, our congregation, friends and family brought their lunches to join together for lunch in the Sukkah! Everyone enjoyed the gathering and and shared their delicious desserts!

Don’t forget to join us next year!














Sukkot Under The Stars Enjoyed By All…

Our members and guests celebrated Sukkot under the stars in our Sukkah! Rabbi Sherman led a special Sukkot service as we shook the lulav and inhaled the fresh scent of the etrog.  After services, we all joined for our annual Pizza-in-the-Hut feast.  It seemed that everyone still had room to enjoy the all the apple desserts are members and guests brought to share!

Watch the calendar so you don’t miss this next year!

Chag Sameach!



The Hands-Up Food Drive Was Another Huge Success!

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Temple members & guests stepped up for the San Diego community!  With the help of our TYGER youth group, all donated items were put into categories and counted.  I am excited to share some incredible numbers with you.

Susan Pack, Hand Up Chair


Here are the totals:

287 Canned good (soups, pasta sauces, veggies, fruits, beans)

107 Cans of Tuna, salmon, etc

85 Bags/Boxes of pasta and rice

19 Boxes of Mac n Cheese

27 Boxes of cereal and oatmeal

30 Jars of peanut butter

64 Granola bars

5 Boxes of crackers

26 Rolls of toilet paper

12 Misc. condiments (ketchup, mayo, etc)

20 Assorted toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, etc)


Our teens met on Sunday afternoon to sort and organize all the food that was donated by our members and guests. This is how the area looked when they finished their task!

We thank Susan & TYGER for their commitment to Tikkun Olam! The Temple Etz Rimon family is always hard at work “Repairing the World!”


Join Our Circle of Giving!

The Circle of Giving is a program whereby members can enhance their dues and give as they choose at different levels. Take the opportunities to be a part of the Circle of Honor, Circle of Life, Circle of Blessing or Circle of Light. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference within our Temple Etz Rimon community. You and your family will become a part of a pillar in the life of our temple. Go to our Circle of Giving page or download a Donation form.

“Eat, Pray, Learn” – Join us For our 5778 Lifelong Learning Series


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“Talmud Torah K’neged Kulam” – the study of Torah is equivalent to all the other mitzvot

Torah study in our tradition refers not only to Torah (the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Five Books of Moses); it refers also to all the rabbinic and midrashic texts, commentaries, and other teachings that have been written from the time of the Torah until today.

Ever wonder about the prayers in our Shabbat service? Join Rabbi Sherman on Friday nights to study our Shabbat liturgy. We’ll explore the prayers in the Shabbat service: their history, meaning, choreography and more. Bring your own vegetarian/dairy dinner to eat after class, and then join us for Shabbat services.

“Eat, Pray, Learn” classes will be on the following Friday evenings beginning at 5:15 pm in Pilgrim Hall.

November 3: Introduction to Prayer – Why Do We Pray?

December 8: Introduction to our Siddur – How Do We Pray?

January 5: History and Clothing of Prayer – What Do We Wear?

February 2: Kabbalat Shabbat – Shalom Aleichem, candles, wine, challah, priestly blessing

March 2: Psalms, Barchu, Ma’ariv Aravim

April 6: Shema, V’ahavta, Mi Chamocha

May 4: Tefila

June 1: Aleinu, Kaddish

Bring your dinner, study with friends, and stay for Shabbat evening services.  Come for one class or attend all!  Lifelong Learning classes are held on Friday evenings at 5:15.  Check the calendar for dates.  There is no charge for members of Temple Etz Rimon.  Non-members are asked to contribute $18 per class.



The Weekly Torah Portion – what does it mean?

“It is a tree of life to all who grasp it, and whoever holds on to it is happy; its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all it paths are peace.” (Proverbs 3:17-18)

Parsha for Torah Study

Ever have questions about the weekly parasha (Torah portion)? Join longtime temple member Marilyn Clement on Saturdays after our Shabbat morning service. Read theparasha closely, and explore various commentaries. Come for services at 10:00 AM, bring your own vegetarian/dairy lunch, and stay for Torah study. Maybe even add your own interpretation!

Torah study classes will be on the following Saturday mornings following Shabbat morning services: Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 2, Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, June 16

Would you like to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah?


If this is something you have been thinking about, your opportunity is coming! Temple Etz Rimon would like to start a new Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class beginning in the fall of 2016. Classes meet 2-3 times per month in preparation for the B’nai Mitzvah in the spring of 2018.

If you would like to be part of this class, please Contact Us or call the temple to reserve your place or to receive additional information.

Become A Member of Our Legacy Society…

What will be your legacy? Will you have a lasting impact on the people and organizations you love and value? Temple Etz Rimon is undoubtedly one community you want to support, as commanded by the principle of l’dor vador (“from generation to generation”.)

Many of us have already added Temple Etz Rimon to our wills, trusts, and estate plans. Through a Legacy bequest; a gift of retirement plan assets, real property or appreciated securities; or a life income gift such as a charitable remainder trust or gift annuity, we can guarantee that our temple will thrive long after we are gone. For more information go to our Giving page and leave your legacy today for all the tomorrow’s to come! Go to our Giving page or download a Legacy Society form.

Help Our Temple Each Time You Shop!

Did you know it is possible to financially help Temple Etz Rimon without it costing you a cent? There are several programs available that provide donations in your name to TER activities as a side product of your normal spending.  Go to Other Giving Opportunities to see how!

Be A Big Part of Our Celebrations…Sponsor A Holiday!

Which is your favorite holiday? Put your name on it! For $360 per holiday, we are offering the opportunity for you to sponsor S’lichot, Sukkot, Tu B’Shevat, Chanukah, and Purim. You will be recognized with gratitude in our weekly newsletter. Go to our Giving page or download a Donation form.